Divorce: Risk and Protective Factors
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This paper provides a review of the literature concerning risk factors for divorce as well as protective factors for a healthy marriage. The paper reports the results of a participant-observation of a single-parent household to identify relevant risk factors that may have contributed to the divorce as well as any protective factors that may have helped sustain the marriage while it lasted. These findings are then used to describe an appropriate family support system and its application to this family. The paper posits that although every couple is unique in important ways, the various risk and protective factors identified in the research suggest that many people share commonality in their marriages that can be used to formulate treatment interventions that mitigate risks while building on strengths.
Review and Discussion
Review and Discussion
From the Paper:"The challenges of a single-parent household following the dissolution of a 7-year marriage became quickly apparent during this researcher's visit to the family home. The mother, "Jennifer," has three sons aged 2, 3 and 5 years who all reside with her pursuant to the complete custody awarded in the decree of divorce; the father ("Brad"), who lives nearby and is underemployed in the construction industry, is obligated to pay child support in the amount of $750 a month, but only does so on an infrequent basis and is currently in arrears for 3 months' support. Jennifer is employed full-time as a registered nurse with a 14-hour, 3-day schedule (Friday-Sunday) that allows her time with her children during the week, but leaves her little time for her personal or professional development needs. Fortunately, the children's maternal grandmother cares for the three children free of charge while Jennifer is at work and from time to time; the children's father also cares for the boys whenever Jennifer asks as well as during his assigned bi-monthly weekend visits. Although Jennifer and the children continue to reside in the family home following the divorce in late 2010 and she earns a good salary with benefits from the hospital where she is employed, it was unclear whether she would be able to afford to remain in the family home for much longer because of the infrequency of the child support payments."
Sample of Sources Used:
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